Nigel Evans has been "overwhelmed" by the support from colleagues and his constituency after he was arrested on suspicion of raping one man and sexually assaulting another.
The 55-year-old Conservative MP for the Ribble Valley said:
I'm overwhelmed by the number of colleagues who have come up to me. You know MPs don't shake hands but I've never shaken so many MPs hands as I have today and giving me support which is really helping me get through this.
I'm now going to return to the House of Commons, get a spot of lunch and then get back on with the work that I need to be doing as a constituency member of parliament for the Ribble Valley area and the area that I love and has shown me fantastic support over the last 48 hours, which, I've got to say have been the worst two days of my life.
Deputy Commons Speaker Nigel Evans said allegations that he raped one man and sexually assaulted another are "completely false".
Deputy House of Commons Speaker and Conservative MP Nigel Evans has been arrested on suspicion of rape, sources said.